Is the film suitable for children? +2023

Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio is an acclaimed stop-motion animated film and retelling of classic Italian history. Given its darker themes, is it okay for kids?

Given that this version of the story is set in 1930’s fascist Italy, you can probably imagine that the plot is a bit darker and more mature than the Disney versions. It’s war and there are some explosions and deaths.

Also, this movie was directed by Guillermo del Toro who is known for doing horror movies and darker projects Pan’s Labyrinth and the current Netflix series cabinet of curiosities. It is understandable that parents would want to check and see what rating this movie has and what kind of content it has before showing it to their kids.

This version of Pinocchio is a thought-provoking, moving rendition of an iconic story. It’s definitely worth watching with loved ones, but here’s what you need to know if you’re considering letting younger kids watch with you.

Pinocchio’s Parent’s Guide by Guillermo del Toro and Age Rating

Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio is rated PG. Per the MPAA’s Official Film Ratings Guide, Parents are advised to provide “Parental Guide” for this kind of movies, which means it should be suitable for kids, but there might be some subjects or topics your kids won’t understand. This iteration of Pinocchio received the PG rating specifically for dark thematic material, violence, danger, some rude humor, and brief smoking.

Media with common sense recommends this film for ages 11+ as it may be scary for children expecting something similar to the classic Disney film. Set between the world wars, the story features a character who dies (though reincarnated multiple times), battles, accidents, a potentially creepy sea monster, fires, and religious overtones. There is also a song that features potty language.

However, this version of Pinocchio has received acclaim for its beautiful stop-motion animation, whimsical storytelling, and approach to mature themes. It doesn’t hold its messages in hand, yet it conveys positive messages about how life is a gift and how we should embrace our imperfections.

Watch the official trailer of Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio under:

Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio will be released on Netflix on Friday, December 9th.

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